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Court orders mental exam for Tecra Muigai's boyfriend

Wednesday July 15 2020
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Keroche Breweries heiress Tecra Muigai who died after a fall in Lamu. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

By STEPHEN ODUOR

The late Tecra Muigai's boyfriend, Omar Lali, will undergo a mental assessment to determine his fitness to stand a murder trial, the High Court in Garsen has ordered.

Justice Roselyn Korir on Tuesday directed that the suspect in the murder of the Keroche heiress undergo a mental examination at the Garissa Referral Hospital before he takes plea.

Mr Lali, who currently is remanded at the Garsen police station, will appear before the court on Thursday to take plea.

He remains the key suspect.

Mr Lali was arrested by police on suspicion that he had pushed Ms Muigai to her death.

There were reports that the two had an argument before she fell, claims Mr Lali’s lawyer disputed.

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Detectives probing the matter reportedly faulted inconsistencies with Mr Lali's account of how the deceased met her untimely death.

A court in May had rejected an application to continue holding Mr Lali in detention despite an application by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).

Lali was released on 27 May on a Sh300,000 bond and two sureties provided by his mother and brother-in-law, but was arrested on Monday for appearance in court.

Tecra died on May 2, 2020 after she fell at a private house in Shella, Lamu Island.

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